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Tab Hunter!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 9, 2018 by joecetta

Actor/singer Tab Hunter saw the end credits roll this week, at the age of 86! Starting as a figure skater before joining the Coast Guard, Hunter had a string of small roles starting in the early ’50s, but was a huge star by decade’s end, thanks to parts in films such as Battle Cry, The Sea Chase, The Burning Hills, and Damn Yankees. He also had a string of hit songs in this time, including “Ninety-Nine Ways,” “In Apple Blossom Time,” and the #1 hit “Young Love” in 1957. After this peak period, he maintained a steady career, crossing back and forth between TV and films, appearing in Grease 2, Polyester, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Tab Hunter Show, Benson, The Six Million Dollar Man, and more. Tab Arthur Andrew Kelm Gelien Hunter, everybody!

And Sam nabs her third death of the year, moving her to third in the Wright, with 24 points on Hunter. Tab bounced around quite a bit in his seven drafted years, starting with Kosmala in ’12, the commish in ’13 and again in ’17, Rob in ’14 and ’15, and Kevin in ’16, before coming to Sam this year. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

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Matt Cappotelli!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 2, 2018 by joecetta

Wrestler Matt Cappotelli got put into his final sleeper hold this weekend, at the age of 38! Cappotelli’s brief run in the WWE kicked off by winning the third season of Tough Enough, an infrequent reality-ish competition series in 2003. His co-winner (because it was that sort of show in the early years) was Johnny Nitro, who went on to have a pretty strong career in the sport, while Cappotelli was relegated to the more developmental Ohio Valley Wrestling circuit and retired a few short years later due to illness.

And Capone pulled down a big third death in 31 days on Cappotelli, wrangling 126 points in this span and vaulting up to third overall! This puts him over 100 points for the eighth straight year, a streak second only to Sarah’s current run of nine years. Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Monday!

Harlan Ellison!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 28, 2018 by joecetta

Giant of science-fiction/fantasy writing Harlan Ellison penned his final tale of post-apocalyptic doom this week, at the age of 84! Ellison’s hundreds of stories and screenplays would win him a starship load of awards, including five Nebulas, two Edgars, and eleven Hugos, along with WGA awards for episodes of Star Trek, The Outer Limits, The Starlost, and The Twilight Zone. His best known work is probably A Boy and His Dog, adapted into a popular cult film in 1975, and expanded as a graphic novel in 1988.

And American hero Mike Walsh puts together his first multi-death year since 2015! 26 points for Ellison secure him his second best year total in his five seasons in the game, and move him up to eleventh overall in ’18! Well done!

Replacement pick due by next Thursday!

Joe Jackson!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2018 by joecetta

Family patriarch and band manager Joe Jackson brought down the curtain easy as 1, 2, 3 for the last time today, at the age of 89! Not exactly the cuddliest of figures, Joe’s rigorous and somewhat violent rehearsal techniques were nonetheless responsible for propelling The Jackson 5 to wild international success in the late ’60s/early ’70s, and the subsequent massive solo careers of Michael and Janet in the ’80s and ’90s. Also, he’s responsible for La Toya. And Tito. He and Katherine had ten children in all, plus he fathered a bonus kid from a lengthy side affair. He was portrayed by no less an acting figure than Freddy “Boom Boom” Washington himself, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs in the less-than-flattering 1992 miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream.

And Nick manages his second tally of the year, picking up 21 points on the frequently drafted Jackson, moving him to eighth overall! Ten Year Man Jackson bounced from Michael in ’08, to Sam in ’10, Denis in ’11, and Adam from ’12 to ’16, before landing with Nick last year. Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Wednesday!

Donald Hall and Richard Benjamin Harrison!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2018 by joecetta

It’s always good to try and look your best, especially in front of the international press

The Death game threw us an opportunity to broaden the readership today through extensive counter programming, with former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and reality TV star Richard Benjamin Harrison sharing the chariot to the great beyond, at ages 89 and 77, respectively! National Medal of Arts winner Hall wrote dozens of books, including children’s (winning a Caldecott in 1979), memoirs, essays, and verse, and was the first poetry editor of The Paris Review in the 1950s. He was named the 14th Poet Laureate of the United States in 2006. Referred to as the “Old Man,” apparently since he was 38 years old, Harrison was the co-star of the History Channel’s long running reality series Pawn Stars, filmed at his World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. He appeared with less frequency in recent seasons of the show’s 522 episodes, and was the subject of a long-running rumor that he’d actually died in 2016, which today appears to be wholly untrue. Pawn Stars success spawned a half dozen spin-off shows, such as Pawn Stars UK and American Restoration, as well as imitations, such as the classy Hardcore Pawn.

And the rich keep getting richer as for the third time in 18 days, Dondos gets on the board, picking up 21 points for Hall, their ninth death of the year, while Mike M. grabs his second tally of the month on Harrison, good for 33 points! They both slide up the overall leaderboard to positions three and eight, as the first half of year twelve winds down. Well done, folks!

Replacement picks due by next Monday!

Charles Krauthammer!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 by joecetta

Conservative columnist and pundit Charles Krauthammer stomped all over the party line for the last time this week, at the age of 68! Krauthammer’s weekly editorial in The Washington Post won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, his beliefs seeming to vacilate between parties over the course of his career, being anti-death penalty, pro-Iraq War, anti-Trump, anti-communist, and non-commital on global warming. Sure, he appeared frequently on Fox News, and when you side with the hysterical it’s easy to be classified as the same, but his track record sure didn’t point to a secret reality as a party shill. Having different beliefs is fine – this is America, after all – it’s only once those beliefs get warped and distorted to fit some basically similar ideology that credibility gets irrevocably lost. Krauthammer, for the most part, anyway, seemed to retain his basic principles, even in these dark times.

And Capone lands the big score today, a recent replacement pick showing that research pays off in this game! 42 points jump him to seventh overall and second in the Crystal! Nicely done!

Replacement pick due by next Friday!

Koko!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2018 by joecetta

Yeah, Koko! That chimp’s all right. High five!

Obviously no points are awarded, but here’s a bit of Death Pool trivia even most of the lifers in the contest might not know. In the original Golden Age Death Pool – operated from 2006 to 2008, which served as the test model for this, the Silver Age pool, if you will – we had one year where you could draft famous animals. It’s true! Points were awarded based on average animal life expectancy minus the animal’s age when it died. As you can probably guess, this quickly became a near impossible statistic to calculate, as I couldn’t find a consensus opinion on the life expectancy of anything. So this was quietly abandoned after that single test balloon season.

There’s today’s bit of Death Pool lore! If my memory serves correct, the only animal to actually die and award points was the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who I want to say might’ve been on Kosmala’s team, ten and a half years ago. Time marches on!